John Calipari and company spent the week at the 2019 AAU Peach Jam recruiting for not just the 2020 team, but also the 2021 squad.
One name they have been busy trying to win over is 2021 forward Jonathan Kuminga. Originally from the Congo, Kuminga now lives in Centereach, New York. He is rated as the top prospect in the nation by 247 Sports for 2021 and may just end up in a Kentucky uniform.
At the Peach Jam, Kuminga put on a show averaging averaged 27.4 points and 6.0 rebounds in five games.
Kuminga, who has an offer from Kentucky, said “I love Kentucky because that’s a good school. It might be a good fit for me. That’s a good school, that’s why I love it. The coach is a good coach.”
Seeing a top-rated prospect talk highly of Kentucky is a welcome sight for the Big Blue Nation who have been concerned about not landing some of the nation’s top-rated prospects the past few seasons.
Zagoria actually says that Kuminga could be a candidate to reclassify, or even play overseas, but it is not something the highly-touted recruited wanted to discuss right now.
“Kuminga could reclassify to 2020 or potentially play overseas before entering the NBA Draft,” Zagoria wrote. “It seems absurd that he would still be in high school at Our Savior New American for the 2020-21 season given how he’s dominating opponents right now.”
“I’m not really thinking about that right now,” Kuminga said of possibly reclassifying. “That’s not in my mind right now.”
As of now, there’s only one 247 Sports crystal ball prediction for Kuminga, and it’s for St. John's. However, Texas Tech is the school getting the most buzz now after his brother transferred to join the Red Raiders this off season.